Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki Hour/WikiForHumanRights - Edit Contest Ghana/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2020-21 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Group photo after training
Some images from participants


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

We were warm hearted and full of enthusiasm because we exceeded our goals. Spanning from the pre-campaign, securing fruitful collaboration with other groups with similar interests and advocacy that brought together 25 newbies and 10 experienced advocates in the space of environment and Human rights both virtual and in-person.

Editors who were newly recruited were from human rights institutions and environmental advocates who contributed enormously to topics on Human rights, institutions and climate topics, healthy natural systems. The wow factor came as a result of an increase in translated articles in the local language especially Hausa on both english Wikipedia and Wikidata items.

That notwithstanding, skills were increased for existing editors were they acquired knowledge in advancing Wikimedia through wikidata, about 5% of existing editors knew little or no information on contributing to Wikidata, at the end of the campaign there was an upsurge of contribution and knowledge filling using for all participants to improve upon Wikidata. Also, an increase with images on the topic with 676 as total results.

General outcome of the campaign can be found in the news publication here: [[1]]


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Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
One Training, One edit-a-thon & a 14 days writing contest
  • One Training
  • One edit-a-thon
  • Two online training
  • 14 days writing contest
  • One training and one edit-thon was organized both in person and online.It also included 3 separate weeks of engagement hours purposely to assist those who needed more training. An additional virtual training was add to support editors who heard about the campaign during the contest and were in remote areas.
  • A writing contest was launched for a 14 days challenge to encourage the creation and improvement of articles on Wikidata, wikicommons, Tw wikipedia and Hausa respectively.
25 participants 45 participants
  • This makes up a total of both physical and virtual participants.
15 new editors 30 new editors
  • These newbies were well represented in all phases of the campaign, were 20 of them participated in the writing contest and 15 attended both physical events.
80 articles created or improved 332 articles were created and over 949 improved
  • This also saw an increase in uploads 676 on commons with about 85% related to environment sand human rights topics such as people, places, institutions and culture + healthy foods of interest. Over 300 articles were improved on Wikidata as well as the Hausa language Wikipedia.
Number of repeat participants 15 30 participants
  • Over 15 participants repeatedly attending training held either virtual or in-person


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

some participants at the edit-a-thon
  • What worked well?

It was amazing to have participants from Lebanon and Nigeria contributing to the campaign. This only proves that the campaign publicity and social media campaign went global. The hausa wikipedia also saw an upsurge on article translations both on Wikipedia and WikiData. Our diverse engagement on social media via our collaborators was great. Youth opportunity Ghana, Global Platform Ghana, CitiFm and Joy Aid Foundation fully engaged their network to support the campaign. In general, Global Platform Ghana, Amnesty International, Human Rights Ghana- resource kit, Joy Aid Foundation and Youth Opportunities Ghana helped us win diverse audiences.

1. Dashboard metrics (Writing Contest) - [2]

2. Article list which worked on here [3]

3. Wiki Hour Initiative campaign page with article list [4]

  • What did not work so well?

This year, we had little language contributions especially on the Twi Wikipedia. Although we had many participants interested in joining the campaign, we had little space to accommodate them physically due to Covid19 restrictions. Some newbies who joined virtually and were not tech savvys had some slight challenges using their devices to edit.

  • What would you do differently next time?

We intend to organise trainings for twi linguists to help decolonize the internet through languages. There was not many editors in this phase of the contest so we hope to increase awareness for the linguists.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • Food and Snacks - This catered for feeding for the 2 separate events (Training and Edit-a-thon) USD300
  • Communication and design - USD150
  • Data Scholarship - (USD10 was used to purchase data credit each for 15 participants)- USD150
  • Jury - ( Gifts and internet for 4 Jury members) USD200
  • Administrative expenses - USD250
  • Awards - (Certificates to all top 10 winners, special prizes such as; (1)- Hard drive and gift (Improving entries on WikiData and Commons is a bonus)(3) - Pen drive and gift Gifts and Call credits - USD600
  • Protocol kits - Purchase of nose masks and hand sanitizers for all participants. - USD30
  • Space rental and food- a place and provide food for the working meeting for the information synthesis to gather feedback from team and report accordingly.USD200
  • Miscellaneous - This catered for bank and data transfer charges, conversion and transportation expenses - USD20

Total grant expense = $1,900

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

No funds remaining.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

It has been a great learning and sharing moment for the team because we had the opportunity to clear myths about Wikipedia and we are glad to have met a high number of newbies who acquired valuable facts to churn their interest to improve or contribute to Wikimedia projects. We hope to expand our reach of audience to groups in rural areas because the knowledge movement has still not reached all. We look forward to increasing awareness on SDG related topics in Ghana.

Summary of feedback from participants: About how valuable an opportunity to learn about the benefits of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It also brought to bare the need to create more awareness to reach many diverse advocates of similar interest. This sort of campaign should be organised frequently.